WS: Iowa II: Brett Moffitt preview

Moffitt Ready for Return to Iowa Speedway -- Glad to Race at Home Again Grimes, Iowa (August 31, 2009) -- Brett Moffitt is excited about this week's NASCAR Camping World Series event at Iowa Speedway for several reasons. First of all, Brett will...

Moffitt Ready for Return to Iowa Speedway -- Glad to Race at Home Again

Grimes, Iowa (August 31, 2009) -- Brett Moffitt is excited about this week's NASCAR Camping World Series event at Iowa Speedway for several reasons. First of all, Brett will get to compete for a second time this season in front of his home town crowd. After spending most of his time traveling to the eastern United States to race, the young Moffitt will have only a forty minute drive from his home in Grimes, IA, to Newton's Iowa Speedway for this week's race. "I am excited to race in front of my home town fans, and this is one of those rare races where all my family and friends can be there, too", commented the young NASCAR rookie. "I still feel our performance earlier in the year could have been a lot better. We now have a book on Iowa Speedway, so I am sure we can improve on our last race there."

In reference to his last appearance at the Iowa Speedway, Moffitt had impressed the racing world, as well as the local media, by setting the fifth quickest qualifying time and by racing for nearly the entire event in the top five, racing a lot of those laps in the fourth spot. For those who don't remember, with only sixteen laps to go, due to a worn out set of left side tires, Moffitt's car developed a tight condition. When asked by his spotter if the car was tight, Moffitt's reply was a simple one, "Extremely." In the last six laps, Moffitt, who had a great offensive run going, was forced to simply hang on, but at the end of the 200 laps, the most ever raced in one sitting by the rookie Moffitt, he found himself with a top ten performance, finishing in sixth place, only one spot behind one of the biggest names in NASCAR racing history, an Earnhardt. After that race, Moffitt commented, "We had the tire pressures set for longer runs. It took us five or six laps to get the pressures built up and then we were good to go. Late in the race the car was extremely tight, my left side tires were shot so, I was just looking for a line that the car was happy with." Even though a sixth place finish was not what Moffitt and the Andy Santerre Motorsports team was looking for, for his efforts, Brett Moffitt was awarded the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award. Moffitt also catapulted from fourteenth in the series points, up to fourth.

Consistent runs since have kept the rookie from Grimes in the top ten and within striking distance of the series points leader. Team owner Andy Santerre reminds everyone, "People need to remember that he is a sixteen year old rookie competing in only his second year on asphalt. He is racing against NASCAR veterans, as well as several rookies who have had a lot more seat time in these cars than he has. On top of that, our team is one of the most underfunded teams in the series. All of us are doing all we can to keep Brett in the series until the end of the season, hoping someone will notice the outstanding talent this young man has. In my opinion, Brett is the most talented driver competing in the NCWSE today. I sincerely hope we can keep him racing. With just a few good luck breaks along the way, Brett could just as easily be leading the (NCWSE) points."

Referring to those few breaks, Moffitt, a NASCAR rookie but a sophomore competitor on asphalt, may be experiencing that pesky sophomore slump. In the past four or five races Moffitt and the ASM team have experienced cut tires and those little "fly in the ointment" mechanical issues, preventing them from finishing better and possibly from winning some of the later events. When asked about this, Moffitt has remained poised and positive, but has commented, "It seems lately that if we don't have bad luck, we wouldn't have any luck at all. We had a nice run going at Lime Rock, and I really like racing the road courses, but I made a mistake at the big bend late in the race that cost us five spots. Still we had a top ten day, but it was disappointing after running as high as second most of the day." However, just before that incident, Moffitt , while running second, pulled down pit road knowing that everyone would need to pit for fuel before the conclusion of the race. Andy Santerre made a strategic call, to bring Moffitt in ahead of the leader, just to take a splash of fuel. This strategy should have given Moffitt excellent track position, and the lead, after others had cycled through their fuel stops. Moffitt returned to the track, only to see a caution flag fly, basically throwing their track position and fuel stop strategy out the window. Just more of that bad luck Moffitt mentioned.

Ever a racer though, Moffitt has remained confident that with good runs in the remaining events, he can still claw his way back to the top. To stay sharp, Moffitt has been doing some local dirt track racing between the NASCAR events, competing several times in the Karl Chevrolet DTRA Truck Series at the Iowa State Fair Speedway and racing his IMCA Karl Chevrolet SportMod at other area tracks like Marshalltown Speedway and Boone Speedway. As a matter of fact, in a warm up for the upcoming IMCA Super Nationals to be held at the Boone (IA) Speedway, last Saturday night Moffitt set the pace in the SportMod division and won their feature event. Moffitt commented, "This is just the morale booster we needed. A win really makes us feel good looking ahead to the race at Iowa Speedway this week and thinking ahead to the IMCA Super Nationals. It is just the boost we need!"

Brett will next appear at an autograph session, sponsored by Karl Chevrolet, at Karl Chevrolet (Ankeny, IA) on Wednesday afternoon, September 2nd, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The event will be held in conjunction with the coming weekend of racing at the Iowa Speedway. Moffitt's next race will be the Central Iowa Building and Construction Trades 125 at the Iowa Speedway, Friday, September 4th. Following that, Moffitt will conclude the NASCAR CWSE season with events on Friday, September 18th, at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Friday, September 25th, at the Dover International Speedway. Moffitt will also be contesting in the SportMod division during the 27th Annual IMCA Super Nationals held at Boone Speedway, beginning on Monday, September 7th and concluding on Saturday, September 12th.

-credit: bmr

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